Interview with Louis Gubitosi from The Web Blend
I’m sure everyone has heard of The Web Blend and if you haven’t well now you have. It is run by Louis Gubitosi and we had the privileged to ask Louis some questions so that “you” our readers can learn more about the man behind the blend. There is more to the man than meets the eye, who knew he loved baseball so much? Find out more below.
Q: Welcome to Creativeoverflow Louis. Would you please introduce yourself and tell us what you do?
Hi, my name’s Louis Gubitosi and I work full-time as a web designer at Liz Claiborne Inc. I also run a blog at Interactive Blend and maintain a website called The Web Blend which is a community for designers, developers and tech junkies that keeps you current with a summary of the latest in web related news and trends.
Q: When did you come up with the Idea for TWB?
I came up with the idea about 3 years ago. It started out as a news site built with WordPress and with articles only submitted by myself. I then allowed the community to submit articles, but it was still missing something… and that was some type of voting system. I then switched from WordPress to Drupal and installed the appropriate modules necessary to build my site. We now have about 3,300 total members and we’re still growing…
Q: Did you develop TWB all by yourself?
The first phase built in WordPress I did develop all by myself, but when I made the switch to Drupal a couple of people helped out. John Campbell from Design Bump was one of them who really answered a lot of my questions to get me started.
Q: Everyone knows you from The Web Blend, but why do we hear so little about Interactive Blend?
Haha, I guess because I don’t blog there as much as I should. Thanks for the heads-up! The truth is I spend most of my time at work and at nights and weekends I’m maintaining The Web Blend. I’m in the middle of giving Interactive Blend’s logo and website a facelift, so hopefully I can revive the site and bring it more attention. (sneak peak below)
Q: What do you like and hate about your day job?
I like having the ability to work with people from all different departments. It keeps me well-rounded and adaptable when I have to design for different people, each with their own design requirements. I don’t really dislike anything about my job; I’ve learned a lot since I’ve joined the company, and I’m still learning new things everyday.
Q: If you weren’t a designer what would you be doing?
Hmmm… I’d like to play professional baseball for the New York Yankees, but I guess you’re looking for a realistic answer. I guess if I wasn’t a designer I’d probably be doing some sort of accounting. I actually switched majors in college from accounting to web design my sophomore year at Rutgers because I was just to bored with it.
Q: If you could stay anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Italy. I’ve been there once before, but would love to go back.
Q: Thanks a lot for taking time to answer our questions Louis, is there anything you would like to say to the Readers?
Jacques, thanks for giving me this opportunity for your readers to learn more about me. I’m a big fan of Creative Overflow and I really appreciate what you’ve done for the design community. If it wasn’t for you and our fellow designers, we wouldn’t have such a rapid growing community to share our ideas and work, and we wouldn’t have sites like The Web Blend.
Thanks for the kind words Louis, really do appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to answer the questions we provided. Do keep up with your good and hard work. Having a site such as The Web Blend is more beneficial to the community than you think. Good luck for future plans, I bet we will hear a lot more from you.